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Durham University

Unconventional Hydrocarbons


European Shale Gas: Risks, Regulation and Research Challenges

IGEM/N8 Conference, Durham University, March 27th- 29th 2012

Shale gas has been a game-changer in the USA, but has yet to be exploited commercially in Europe.  Recent discoveries of 'vast reserves' in the UK, however, coupled with claims of aquifer pollution and induced earthquakes, have made shale gas big news, and with big news come big challenges.  From the geological distribution and exploration, to the technical issues of exploitation and regulation, these challenges require an integrated approach that unites all interested parties.  Organized by IGEM and the N8 Group, this international, interdisciplinary meeting will bring together policy makers, scientists, engineers and stakeholders.  It has the twin aims of informing new codes of practice for UK shale gas exploitation, and of building UK and European research capacity in shale gas and other unconventionals.  With invited presentations from recognized experts in all areas of the field, coupled with workshops and plenary discussions, it represents a unique opportunity to inform the future directions of shale gas exploitation, regulation and research in the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Durham's Richard Davies Featured Speaker at AAPG Conference

14 December 2011

Professor Richard Davies recently gave a presentation at the Featured Speaker Luncheon at the APPG 2011 Conference in Milan. 

More information on his talk is available in an article entitled "Could Public Opinion Kill Shale Gas", which appears in the December 2011 issue of Explorer, published by AAPG.

Prof Richard Davies - Speaker at "Unconventional Oil And Gas Exploration, Development And Safety: A Deep Dive Into The Science, Technology And Best Practices"

6-7th December 2011

Prof Richard Davies, Director of the DEI, and Professor of Earth Sciences at Durham, was invited to give a talk entitled "Shale gas - The rocks matter" at an international conference in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was hosted by The Atlantic Council, and Goldwyn Global Strategies. It featured talks with topics including best practice and smart regulation of shale gas exploration and production. As well as the geological nature of shale gas reservoirs, topics such as chemicals and procedures used, and the impacts on communities, aquifers, and water usage.

A pdf of the talk can be found here: